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Motorist said to have spotted Laconia woman 'shooting' heroin on I-93

MANCHESTER — Three Lakes Region residents found themselves under arrest on drug charges Thursday afternoon after a motorist traveling on I-93 between Londonderry and Manchester called 9-1-1 to report a woman "shooting up" heroin while a passenger in a moving car.

State Police subsequently stopped a northbound 1995 Honda Accord in Manchester and the driver, Michael Hann, 26, of Belmont was placed under arrest for transportation of controlled drugs in a motor vehicle.

Police say they found fresh needle marks and blood on the right arm of one of Hann's passenger, Shannan Landry, 27, of Laconia. After a brief roadside investigation, she was charged with possession of heroin.

The other passenger was identified as Arielle Glazier, 22, of Wolfeboro. Police say she was sitting on a small plastic bag containing heroin and, later, tried to hide an uncapped needle between the seat cushions in a police cruiser. She was charged with falsifying physical evidence, a felony-level offense.

Hann and Blazier were later released from custody on bail. They are scheduled to appear in Manchester Circuit Court on June 8.

Landry refused bail and was placed on 72-hour hold by N.H. Probation and Parole. She was due to be arraigned in Manchester Circuit Court on Friday.


Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:43

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Lakeport couple wants pet rooster to be excepted from poultry ban in residential areas

LACONIA — Two years ago the Planning Board scuttled a zoning proposal to allow residents to keep small flocks of laying hens, but now the chickens have come home to roost at the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which next month will weigh a family's request for a variance from the city ordinance in order to keep their pet rooster — "Pecker" – in their Lakeport home.

Jeff and Bridgette Leroux of 58 North Street applied for the variance after a neighbor's complaint brought the presence of the rooster to the attention of City Hall. Kris Snow of the Planning Department said that she informed the Lerouxs that the zoning ordinance forbids the keeping of chickens in residential districts and advised them they would have to forego the rooster or request a variance from the regulation.

In the application, Bridgette Leroux wrote that her husband purchased the rooster at the Sandwich Fair last year. She wrote that he was not aware of the prohibition against chickens since he bought his mother a rooster some 25 years ago, which she also raised as a pet in the city. Although "Pecker" has a cage, she said that he has the run of the house, where "he gets along with our dogs and cat . . . doesn't do any damage to the property and doesn't harm anyone." She emphasized that the rooster leaves no odor and, because he is seldom outdoors, makes no noise.

Above all, Leroux stressed her family's affection for "Pecker". "We hold him, snuggle with him, give him kisses just like any other pet," she wrote. "To tell you the truth," she continued, "he helps us emotionally and we would like to keep him as part of our family." She said that she doubts "Pecker" would be safe elsewhere. We would be crushed if we had to get rid of him," she wrote. "He wouldn't survive and it scares me to think what could happen. I cry just thinking about it." ,

Snow said the department has had only one complaint about the rooster from a neighbor who said he was disturbed by his crowing.

The ZBA will consider the Lerouxs' request for a variance at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 20.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:35

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Belknap officials looking to Sullivan County for model that drastically reduces recidivism

LACONIA — A key reasons why Belknap County Commissioners have decided to seek bids from architectural firms for a schematic design for a so-called community corrections facility is the success a similar program has had in Sullivan County (Claremont), which saw the recidivism rate drop to 17 percent, compared to a 74 percent rate before the facility was built and related new programs put in place.
Ross Cunningham former Sullivan County Superintendent of Corrections, who is now assistant corrections superintendent in Merrimack County, told commissioners when they met Tuesday that it required ''a leap of faith'' for the county to make the transition away from a conventional jail to a new philosophy of community corrections.
Cunningham, who worked with Kevin Warwick, president of Alternative Solutions Associates, Inc., to develop a community corrections program for Belknap County, said that while serving as head of the Sullivan County Corrections Department he and other county officials made 40 to 50 presentations around the county before the program was approved.
The project, which is the first of its kind in the state, represents a new direction in the handling of inmates for the county as it concentrates efforts and resources on re-entry instead of incarceration, according to Cunningham. He says that Sullivan County officials first discussed plans to improve facilities and programming in 2005, following a study that revealed more than 80 percent of inmates booked into the county jail required some form of treatment programming.
Sullivan County officials ditched plans for a new $38 million county jail in 2008 and opted instead to build a $5.6 million community corrections facility.
The 72-bed Sullivan County Community Corrections Center is a 20,000-square-foot facility which was built adjacent to existing county jail in Unity in 2009. The center has 32 treatment beds, 16 work release beds and 24 beds for female offenders.
Sullivan County also spent $1.3 million on renovations at the county jail, which holds up to 100 inmates.
The corrections center provides work-release opportunities and a focus on treatment and programming for inmates close to release, and is designed to better help inmates transition back into the community.
''I'm a believer in this kind of approach because I've seen then results it produces,'' said Cunningham, who says that a supervised transition back into the community produces better results for both the released inmates and the communities they return to.
''It's a partnership with local law enforcement and the service providers which can provide dramatic reductions in long term costs.'' says Cunningham.
More than $1.8 million in grants were received by the county between 2009 and 2012 which helped pay for the programs offered at the community corrections center, according to Cunningham, who said staffing for the Sullivan County Department of Correction was 35 to 37 people in 2008 before the project broke ground and has gradually increased to 55 staffers as of last year.
Warwick, who is a nationally recognized expert on corrections programming and served as a consultant for the Sullivan County project, provided information to the Belknap County Commissioners which showed only a 17 percent recidivism rate for Sullivan County for those who has completed the TRAILS (Transitional Re-entry and Inmate Life Skills) program compared to 51 percent for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections and 52 percent for Carroll County.
Warwick also pointed out that the average prison population in Sullivan County has been consistently lower than projected since the center opened, with 100 actual in 2009 compared to an estimate of 123, 99 actual in 2010 compared to an estimated 128, 105 in 2011 compared to an estimated 132, 110 in 2012 compared to an estimated 138 and 106 in 2013 compared to an estimated 143.
He told Belknap County Commissioners Tuesday that ''doing nothing is not an option. Your situation if it remains as it is, will cause serious problems for the county.''
Commissioners voted that evening to seek proposals from architectural firms to develop a schematic plan for a proposed 64-bed community corrections facility as recommended by the consulting firm. The plan they presented would see 30 treatment beds, 20 for men and 10 for women, and 34 work release beds, 24 for men and 10 for women. The new facility would be built next to the current jail and connected to it through a newly created control room. It would have 22,327-square-feet and a suggested addition which would include a small 2,500-square-foot gym, 1,500-square-feet of administrative space which would bring the total space to just over 27,000-square-feet.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2015 01:44

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Ancient sport of curling gaining icy grip in Plymouth area

PLYMOUTH — Curling, a sport in which players slide 42-pound polished granite stones across ice towards a bulls eye-like target and score points by having their stones finish closest to the center "button", is fast becoming a popular spring and fall activity at Plymouth State University's Hanaway Ice Arena.
The Plymouth Rocks Club, now in its second year, has 32 four-player teams which compete in games Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings according to ice arena manager Dave Gyger, who said that getting a curling league started was one of his first priorities when he was named arena manager two years ago.
''It's far exceeded my expectations,'' says Gyger, a Plymouth State University graduate who was ski coach at PSU for 20 years and started working in the ice arena industry at Waterville Valley, where the Plymouth State ice hockey team played before the PSU ice arena he currently manages was built .
Curling, a Winter Olympics staple since 1998, dates back to 16th century Scotland (where golf was also invented) and was brought to Canada in the early 19th century by Scottish immigrants. It reached the United States in 1830, when the first American curling club was formed. It is tremendously popular in upper Midwestern state like Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Gyger says that building on the popularity of the sport in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he advertised for players for a local club and received a huge response, which resulted in a six-week spring program. A similar program ran last fall and this month a seven-week long season got underway.
He says that there are other curling programs in the state in the Mt. Washington Valley, Upper Valley and Nashua areas and that he sees the local program adding to the overall popularity of curling in New Hampshire.
''It's a great sport and there's no advantage or disadvantage from the standpoint of age, gender or athletic ability. We have a couple of teams made up entirely of women as well as some co-ed teams and teams that span generations within a family,'' says Gyger.
He says that all of the things a person needs to play the game are provided by the arena, the 42-pound stones, as well as shoes, one of which is equipped with a slider sole which enables the wearer to slide more easily across the ice, as well as brooms used to sweep the path ahead of the stones to make them move more rapidly.
Each team has eight stones and each curler throws two stones during each "end" — like an inning in baseball. A game consists of 10 ends. The curling "sheet" is 146-foot long and 15 to 16 feet wide. The target area (the "house") is located on the center line of the sheet and marked with three concentric circles.
The curling stone, which weighs between 38 and 44 pounds, has a maximum circumference of 36 inches and a made of granite. Interestingly enough, the only part of the stone in contact with the ice is a narrow, flat ring about one-quarter to a half-inch wide and about five inches in diameter. The inside of the ring is a hollowed concave which enables it to clear the ice.

The top of the stone has a handle attached that curlers use not only for grip for to apply a spinning motion that gives the sport its name. The more spin applied, the more the rock will curl along its path to the house.
The curling brooms, which were in the 1950s were made of corn strands, have been largely replaced by curling brushes made of fabric, hogs hair or horsehair and the handles, originally wood, have been replaced by fiberglass or carbon fiber, making them lighter and more efficient.
Gyger says the brooms are used to sweep away the ice pebbles which are formed when water droplets are sprayed on the ice and freeze. The pebbles make the ice surface like an orange peel and the stone moves atop the pebbled ice. As the stone moves across the pebbles, any rotation of the stone causes the curl.
The four members of a curling team, the lead, the second, the third and the skip and each have specific duties.
The lead throws the first two rocks and sweeps for the next and must be good at throwing "guards" to protect the scoring area, as well as a strong sweeper. The second throws the next two stones and must be good at playing takeouts. The second also sweeps for the lead.
The third throws the next two rocks and must be good at all shots so that they can set up the final, scoring shots thrown by the skip, who is the captain and decides team strategy as well as delivering the final two shots.
The winner is the team with most accumulated points when the 10 ends are completed. Tie games are settled by playing extra ends.
One of the enthusiastic curlers in the league is Linda Levy, chair of the Department of Health & Human Performance and Athletic Training Program director at PSU.
She's been curling for about a year and says ''it was just the idea of trying something new. It's a lot of fun and people of any age can play it.'' Levy points out people who can't bend as lows as other curlers do when making their shots can actually use a stick to propel it from a standing position.
She's a member of the BOBS team, which started out as all woman team but recently had a man join their ranks.
''It's a really fast learning curve once you get started and it's a great way to socialize as well. I think it's here to stay in the Plymouth area and that it provides another wonderful recreational opportunity for the area.''
The cost for Tuesday night league is $350 per team; the cost for the other leagues is $400 per team. The team fees include the end-of-the-season curling reception in the Welcome Center.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2015 01:08

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